Create Your Own Wall Art

Sometimes customizing a piece simply means taking something which we already make and making it your own. Our client liked our There’s No Place Like Home Wall Art . . . with a slight twist . . . There’s No Place Like New York.

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This custom piece was ordered in a reduced size of 16″ x 7″ to accommodate a smaller space. The detail is still striking at these dimensions.

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Would you like to create your own custom wall art?

My Son ~ My Apprentice

Years ago my lovely wife, Rebecca, presented me with this meaningful piece of art as a means of encouraging me in my longtime dream of someday working with my son in our woodshop. I now enjoy the pleasure of occasionally having my son in the shop and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.

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As Jameson grows, so do his opportunities to learn woodworking skills. Below, we are working together on some blanks for one of our recent additions to Gathering Wood – oval Serving Trays.

Jameson is learning that running stock over the jointer provides a true and crisp glue joint.

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We use a high-grade wood glue yielding 4,000 psi.

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Jameson is also learning the process that goes into the creation of custom carved Wall Art.

The planer enables us to mill stock to the necessary thickness.

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Learning to make precise measurements is a necessity in the woodshop.

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The fruit of his labor . . . Some of these pieces are destined to become Five Solas Wall Arts.

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We apply a vinyl mask prior to carving. We take this extra step to ensure crisp edges of our carved letters and images. Jameson removes the vinyl mask prior to the hand-painting process.

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Here, Jameson is applying the second of three coats to a custom piece.

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As I said before, I wouldn’t trade this time together for anything.

JIM

An Oval Serving Tray ~ Custom Carved for Your Family

We enjoy custom projects and this custom carved oval Serving Tray was a delight to create. Our client, Laura, was a pleasure to work with and we really enjoyed seeing her delighted expression when she saw her completed Serving Tray.

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Serving Trays make wonderful personalized gifts. What can we do for you?

The van Vegten Family

Custom Diplomacy Game Board

We were contacted to create a very special Christmas gift. Our client commissioned us to create a custom made, coffee table quality, Diplomacy Game Board. This was a delightful project and it was a pleasure to work with Stacey.

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All the components were milled from solid Cherry.

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Our client chose to have handcrafted stained playing pieces included with the Game Board.

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Our daughter, Allison, created two satin-lined velvet drawstring pouches for the playing pieces.

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Our client secured rights to reproduce the game board image. The digitally reproduced game board image is protected under glass.

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We carved our client’s personal inscription (under pouches) within one section of the interior.

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The finished outer dimensions of this custom Diplomacy Game Board are 38.625″ long x 28.875″ wide x 3.75″ tall.

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The design of this Game Board included enclosed storage for game pieces, note pads, etc.

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Also included into the design were finger holes which facilitate the removal of the playing surface in order to access the storage compartment.

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Do you have a custom project in mind? We’d love to help.

The van Vegten Family

The Latest Military Engine

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CATAPULT, n. A military engine used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for throwing stones, darts and arrows upon an enemy. Some of these would throw a stone of a hundred pounds weight. Webster’s 1828

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Jameson’s copy of Backyard Ballistics has become an indispensable tool and has inspired an endless list of Junior Workshop creations.

Our New Oval Serving Tray

Look what I found inside this 8/4 slab of Cherry . . .

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. . . this lovely oval Serving Tray.

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We are ready to offer our new oval Serving Tray for purchase through our website.  Look for it to be released next week.

Exploratory Journey – Looking for Our New Home

It is good to be back home. We just spent a little over a month exploring portions of Southern Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia . . . in search of our new home in the country. We just covered 7,591.9 miles.

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Although the trip was primarily to learn more about a handful of states as we consider our future home, we did take the time to make a few stops along the way and create some wonderful memories.

The Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona was one of our first stops.

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The children faithfully did their lessons while we traveled. Cody always wanted to be part of everything. Actually, he had no choice. They all shared the backseat.

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Our first two nights were spent at rest areas along the way. We spent our third night at the Ladybug Campground in Cuba, Missouri. It is a beautiful campground.

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We pulled into Bloomington, Indiana excited about spending some time with our dear friends, the Phillips, at Liberty Pastures. The Phillips’ hospitality was a true blessing.

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Jim enjoyed spending time with Jake’s Deere.

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Much of our trip was spent driving (and driving) around to learn more about different areas and to see some properties. Allison and Jameson were patient travelers; Cody did great, too.

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After a week at Liberty Pastures, we headed south to research the southernmost portion of Indiana. A few days later we crossed the Ohio and camped at Indian Springs RV Park in South Bend, Ohio. This lovely place was our home-base for our two-day visit to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

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We had long dreamed of visiting the Creation Museum. This was a memorable treat for our family.

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The Gardens outside the Museum are peaceful and lovely.

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Gomer (the Camel) was surprisingly soft. Ever pet a Camel?

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Every moment at the Museum was a blessing, but we especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet Buddy Davis; speaker, author, illustrator, singer/songwriter, adventurer, and dinosaur sculptor. We also had the pleasure of meeting Buddy’s lovely wife, Kay.

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Jameson quickly learned that whenever he opened his window on the drive to enjoy the outdoors, Cody would inevitably come over and stand on his lap and enjoy the great outdoors, as well.

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We spent several days driving throughout Kentucky from our home-bases in Taylorsville and Lexington. Later, we went south to visit with a friend, Rick Eldridge of The Wood Shop in Middlesboro, Kentucky. We absolutely enjoyed our tour of Rick’s shop.

While visiting Southeastern Kentucky and Tennessee, we camped at The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. What a beautiful place. We hope to spend more time at The Cumberland Gap in the future.

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We had a couple of (all too brief) visits with The Tennessee Farmgirl, Cheri Shelnutt, and her sons. We left a piece of our hearts in Tennessee.

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Our next home-base was at Lakeview RV Park in Bluff City, Tennessee. From here we covered portions of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Absolutely lovely! An additional highlight of beautiful Virginia was our memorable visit to St. Peter Presbyterian Church in Mendota. We were warmly welcomed by all. We also had the pleasure of hearing Dr. RC Sproul Jr. preach.

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After several weeks of research, it was time to head west. We stopped in Castle Rock, Colorado for a delightful visit with our dear friends, the Clapp Family. We enjoy every moment we spend with the Clapps. They do not know it yet, but they will be moving to wherever we settle.

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We have a lot to pray about. We have been planning and praying about this move for 2 1/2 years. Our California home goes on the market this Friday. We still do not know to where we will move or what the Lord has in store, but we are so excited about this season in our lives.

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Jim & Rebecca
The van Vegten Family

Simple Separate Deliberate Kingdom

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This is a favorite – This piece was a surprise gift from a loving wife to her dear husband for their Wedding Anniversary. The text on this Wall Art is rooted in one of our favorite ministries – Highlands Ministries.

Highlands Ministries exists to help Christians
live more simple, separate, and deliberate lives
to the glory of God and for the building of His kingdom.

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We enjoyed being part of such a lovely Anniversary gift and making new friends along the way.

What would you liked carved on your inspirational Wall Art?

Jim & Rebecca

Unique Serving Tray – What Does it Symbolize?

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We are so grateful to our client for this information and for her kind words.  Here is the explanation which our client provided to us about this very unique Serving Tray –

The tray is lovely and will be a unique gift for this couple. I promised to let you know the origin of the drawing, so here it is.

The couple are both from Bremen Germany, the home of the Bremen musicians which is what the four animals are stacked on top of each other. There is a children’s story about them you can look up and they are a prominent icon and statue in Bremen. We could have chosen the founder, Roulan, whose statue is nearby the musicians, but he is not anywhere as well known outside of Germany and not nearly as cute!

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The Bremen musicians are on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town South Africa, where the bride’s family has roots and a home and where the couple was married during a residency for medical school for the bride in August.

On the left is one of the towers of the H. B. Plant Hotel, now the University of Tampa, in Tampa Florida, where the bride’s family also has a residence, the couple vacation here often and the bride had another medical residency here also.

So what the artist did was combine the notable features of each place in the world, which we selected, that the couple has ties to jointly.

The wood is fabulous and the translation of the sketch to the wood is very well done. I hope the couple likes it as much as everyone else!

You were very easy to work with and accommodating and responsive. Thanks for your help!

We truly want our clients to be delighted with their custom order, and to enjoy the process of bringing their design concepts to fruition.  It is always such a joy to hear from them after they’ve received their order.

Jim & Rebecca

Unique Serving Tray

We recently created a very special wood Serving Tray which is to be a wedding gift. We were asked if we could work from hand-drawn artwork and carve a Serving Tray featuring the artwork. Our client had an artist prepare a drawing incorporating some elements that were special to this particular couple. The hand-drawn artwork was then mailed to us.

  • Image of the drawing which our client provided –

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  • We then scanned the artwork and imported it into our software. Per our client’s request, the image was stretched slightly to fill the Serving Tray –

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  • We then carefully traced the image of the drawing line for line. These vectors are necessary in order for our CNC router to carve the image –

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  • This image is a digital rendering of what was presented to our client for approval –

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  • Here is the finished piece –

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  • The carved image was machined 1/32″ deep. The image below reveals the detail which can be achieved –

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We had a great laugh with our client when we shared with her what we thought the artwork represented. We were completely wrong. Any guesses?

Jim & Rebecca